Article: Chasing Ricoeur, in pursuit of the translation paradigm

Chasing Ricoeur: in pursuit of the translational paradigm
Deborah M. Shadd, University of Ottawa, CANADA

It was in the midst of negotiations leading up to the formation of the European Union that 
Paul Ricoeur published an article arguing for the  adoption of translation as an ethical 
model for dealing with the political and cultural challenges facing the emerging 
international community. Twenty years later, his idea is gaining new currency among 
Translation Studies scholars, as broader conceptions  of translation open the way for a 
fuller consideration of translation as a paradigm for interrogating other forms of 
intercultural encounter.  Drawing on the work of scholars ranging from Susan Bassnett 
and Harish Trivedi to Robert Young and Salman Rushdie, this paper seeks to examine 
how translation has been used as a model for addressing cultural issues in recent studies 
and to explore how a more paradigmatic view of translation could help us to apply what 
has been learned from centuries of dialogue about the cultural negotiations demanded by 
textual translation to other non-textual transformative processes.

[Abstract] [Article]